NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Toronto
(Tuesday, March 21st)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Carolina 2,
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jason Allison broke a tie in the third period with his 17th goal of the season to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, at the Air Canada Centre.
Alexander Steen tallied a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have now won four of their last six games. Bryan McCabe and Jeff O'Neill each picked up two helpers for Toronto, which is now four points behind Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Mikael Tellqvist turned in an outstanding performance by stopping 33-of-35 shots.
Eric Staal extended his consecutive points streak to six games by netting a goal for the Hurricanes, who have now lost back-to-back games. Mike Commodore tallied the other goal for Carolina, who is now trails Ottawa by four points for the overall lead in the Eastern Conference.
Martin Gerber turned away 26-of-29 shots in the loss.
With 4:48 to play, Allison broke the deadlock with a power-play goal. McCabe fired a shot from the right circle that was stopped by Gerber, but the rebound went right to Allison in the opposite circle and he snapped a quick wrist shot past Gerber for the game-winner.
Toronto got on the board at the 7:04 mark of the first period as Steen netted his 16th goal of the season. O'Neill took a slapper from the high slot that was stopped, but Steen was there to backhand the rebound over the glove of the Carolina netminder for a 1-0 Toronto lead after one period.
Following a scoreless second period, the Leafs doubled their lead as Alexander Khavanov ripped a slap shot from the left circle that beat Gerber glove side for a 2-0 lead.
Carolina answered less than two minutes later as Commodore tallied to cut the lead in half. He ripped a shot from the slot but Tellqvist made the initial stop. The puck sat behind the netminder but he kicked it in himself while trying to find the loose puck.
A power-play goal at the 6:57 mark of the period tied things up as Staal got goal No. 42 on the season. Anton Babchuk took an errant slap shot from just inside the blue line that deflected off Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle and behind Tellqvist. The puck sat just in front of the goal line and Staal beat Kaberle to the loose puck and poked it across the line to tie the game at 2-2.
Toronto was 3-for-5 on the power play while Carolina was 1-for-4...Toronto won despite being outshot 35-29...Carolina is now 1-2 on its current four game road trip...The Leafs begin a four game road swing on Thursday at Montreal.
03/21 22:49:18 ET